Ewwww.. Gross

Tent Caterpillars - When I was thinking of a good topic, I went out of yard look at the trees, listen to the birds, and watch the amazing butterflies all over the place. I happen to see a bunch of goose bumping creature in one of the trees. I took a photo and use a hundred dollar bill for you to estimate how big this is. 
I made a research about this and found out that…. This is called Tent Caterpillars, they are on their initial journey here actually… just going up.. and up.. and up and looking for a place where to put cocoon. And they belong to genus Malacosoma and moth family Lasiocampidae.

Interesting isn’t it.. but this is considered a pest here… for this colony eats and weakens the tree.
No wonder there are lots of moths and butterflies here.
Thailand
February 20, 2013 5:25am CST
When I was thinking of a good topic, I went out of yard look at the trees, listen to the birds, and watch the amazing butterflies all over the place. I happen to see a bunch of goose bumping creature in one of the trees. I took a photo and use a hundred dollar bill for you to estimate how big this is. I made a research about this and found out that…. This is called Tent Caterpillars, they are on their initial journey here actually… just going up.. and up.. and up and looking for a place where to put cocoon. And they belong to genus Malacosoma and moth family Lasiocampidae. Interesting isn’t it.. but this is considered a pest here… for this colony eats and weakens the tree. No wonder there are a lot of moths and butterflies here.
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@vernaC (1493)
• Romania
20 Feb 13
Can I just have the 100$ please?hahhahaaa.. I've seen a lot of those Tent Caterpillars in my old place. We were surrounded with plants and trees there so this one is very common. I just didn't knew about the name, gosh.. it seems I know a lot of things or creatures but I really don't know the name, so thanks to your topics Mavic. Now, the $100 bill please.
• Thailand
20 Feb 13
only a hundred? don't you like to have hundreds of hundred dollar you can download that photo.. then crop my thumb and print as many as you like. Yes... if you have flying lizards you surely have these. We don't have back home. we are just 2 hours away from Manila so more or less our little province became somehow urbanized too.
@vernaC (1493)
• Romania
21 Feb 13
Shocks, I didn't think og that! But no I want the real one, I need for shopping. My old place was surrounded with hills so it's like a little jungle, but that was when I was a kid, now it's developed.
@Raine38 (8987)
• United States
20 Feb 13
My attention is more drawn to the $100 bill than the caterpillar! But then again, I am not a big fan of crawlers and especially hairy ones. Just looking at them makes the hair at the back of my neck stand up. I am that queasy, I know, lol!
• Thailand
20 Feb 13
hahaha.. that's the purpose of the 100$ to catch attention. seriously.... it is just for the size so you would know it is quite big. thanks for the queasy, I looked for the meaning of it.. a new one for me, additional to my limited vocabulary... that's the reason why my title was Ewww, disgusting.. because it gave me goose bumps when I saw it.
@beenice2 (2283)
• Canada
20 Feb 13
I was just, yesterday teaching my son about the monarch butterfly,when they are migrating and where. It is very intersting to know that they fly a long distance to get to where they are going. Like if they come from Canada they flying for a " While to south California and Mexico. They sure have to lay their eggs somewhere. I wouldn't compare them with a hundred dollar bill. Because I just have pennies in my pocket.I like butterflies.
• Thailand
20 Feb 13
hahaha.. that's the only currency I know that most of us know and seen. I can compare it with Vietnam dong or Thai Bhat but some of here have not seen the money so there is no idea at all. It is nice to that migrating butterfly. It is my first time to learn this. I know birds, turtle, whales migrate but never thought butterfly.. interesting. thanks for that beenice
@jugsjugs (13046)
20 Feb 13
You took a great photo there I will say.Do they not try to kill any insects off that do damage to trees where you are at all, as I know that would be one way they would try to deal with it here. I am not a fan of any insect, but I do like to see butterflies in the garden, as they are really pretty.
• Thailand
20 Feb 13
Not here, I think that it is okay for them to have these in their garden since this is just a residential garden, but in their plantation or farm I am sure that they are doing something about the pests. I am not a fan of insect too, but I have no choice I have a lot here in my place
@Avijit100 (874)
• India
20 Feb 13
Liked the way you innovated your way and put something out of the box for posting here. This topic is a researched one from the garden of one's house and is real to the core. The information's furnished by you are interesting as well :) +++
• Thailand
20 Feb 13
You sounded like my teacher commenting on my paper. hahaha... Yes, since I was warned about uploading photos from the net, I need to find photos that I have here already. thanks I hope you have learned something from this discussion.
@nitinnair89 (2895)
• India
20 Feb 13
Wow. Cool. But do butterflies cause harm to trees too?
• Thailand
20 Feb 13
Guava - One of the tropical fruits. Very rich in vitamin C and very sweet. It comes in variety of sizes, small and big. The sweetest are the small ones. I like it.. yum yum
not the butterflies and moth.. Nit, but just the caterpillars. they suck up the tree's nutrients for food. i have seen that guava tree with big guavas... now the guavas are getting smaller and the fruits are just drying on it.
@owlwings (38082)
• Cambridge, England
20 Feb 13
LOL ... is this just a sly boast that you have $100 just lying around? Seriously, we don't have tent caterpillars here but we do have a moth which sometime in late summer covers certain bushes with webs (to protect the caterpillars from birds) and then eats ALL the leaves on the bush. It is quite startling to come across a bush which looks as if it has been completely wrapped in gardening fleece or shrink wrap. Usually, it's just one bush in a hedgerow which is affected. Presumably the moth only lays her eggs on one bush on the principle of 'safety in numbers'. Since these caterpillars only seem to do this in late summer, the affected plants (often privet) have already done most of their photosynthesis for the year and so it doesn't seem to kill them or affect them in any way.
• Thailand
20 Feb 13
Is it just obvious? LOL. my goodness.... I thought you won't notice. Seriously, I thought of 100$ because that's the only currency that most of us here can figure out the size. I have Vietnam dong which is smaller in size (and value) LOL. (whispers to you.. that's the only dollar bill I have, hihihi) Anyway, more seriously... the next day I saw the colony on a higher trunk. Yes they will make a tent..that's just initial step... then they go up and up .. I am trying to see what place they chose but I can't find it.. maybe after a few days, this was just taken yesterday.. What you have there maybe is some kind of a rare moth specie... Here I have a lot of moths.. different ones. I will post another kind of moth that you wouldn't believe that it was a moth. I just found out when I was researching what kind of family of caterpillars I found here..
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
21 Feb 13
I think I have seen similar to that one in our Guyabano tree last year. the whole trunk was covered with it and what I did was to spray it with an insecticide and in a matter of second everybody fell on the ground. I did not bother to take a picture of it since it really is gross just like what you said.
• Philippines
21 Feb 13
it is their life cycle. just like us humans, they have to locate a certain place to hatch or lay their eggs. they are good on plants. :) just let them stay there, they are not really pests. :)
@beenice2 (2283)
• Canada
20 Feb 13
I was just, yesterday teaching my son about the monarch butterfly,when they are migrating and where. It is very intersting to know that they fly a long distance to get to where they are going. Like if they come from Canada they flying for a " While to south California and Mexico. They sure have to lay their eggs somewhere. I wouldn't compare them with a hundred dollar bill. Because I just have pennies in my pocket.I like butterflies.